You haven’t seen posts for a while because I’ve been on my annual backpacking trip to the Grand Canyon. Which brings me to this post.
Some of the materials we’re familiar with from the building and home improvement industry are making their way into my pack. Here’s an example–a super light tent made of Tyvek (a Tarptent “Sublite”, by Henry Shirers). It sheds rain water well, and the breathable fabric really seems to prevent water condensing on the inside. The tent worked great during a couple of like showers. And the inside stayed dry on a couple of humid nights when I would have expected condensation. At 18.5 ounces it’s a welcome change from the 4-6 lbs of yesteryear. (And it fit my less-than-svelte 6’5″ frame just fine.)
Plus, it’s warmer than sleeping under the stars on chilly nights to boot!
BTW, this is a zero-energy tent–it uses no electricity or heating/air-conditioning. Thanks, DuPont! Dow, let’s see if you can up the stakes (no tent pun intended).